Investigators

Michael Gooseff - Department of Aquatic, Watershed, & Earth Resources, College of Natural Resources, Utah State University
James Evans - Department of Geology, College of Science, Utah State University
Peter Kolesar - Department of Geology, College of Science, Utah State University
Thomas Lachmar - Department of Geology, College of Science, Utah State University         


Abstract

The Utah State University Water Initiative has proposed to establish a Laboratory Watershed in the Bear River basin. The Bear River Range is the primary recharge area for the Bear Lake and Cache Valleys, two important sub-basins. The range exhibits snowmelt-dominated flow in the shallow soil or regolith zone, and deep bedrock groundwater flow, controlled by karst and fracture/fault zones. Carbonate rocks (limestone and dolostone) are abundant in the Bear River Range, and these rocks weather by dissolution, producing many sinkholes, caves and springs. As a result, much of the water in streams entering Bear Lake and Cache Valleys originates as springs in the Bear River Range. However, little is known about the flow paths, chemical evolution, and partitioning of the amounts of each component of flow in the system. Further, the locations of the recharge areas for these springs are largely unknown.


Contact Information

Michael Gooseff
5210 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-5210
435-797-8292